String Challenge

Last week I did so good and got LOTS and LOTS of sewing done.  This week….almost none.

When I left you I was here…..

Now I’m here…. Not a lot further.  See? …

String Challenge and More

This week I was on FULL STEAM AHEAD mode.  Often I’m flitting between a project or two or SEVEN but this week I was MUCH more focused than normal.  It’s amazing how much can get done when I am.

For those of you who missed it, I did finish Scotty’s quilt.  Read about that HERE if you missed it.

After that was done I concentrated on my Tulips Fields quilt.

When I last left you, I was here… …

String Challenge and More

**I’m hosting an auction on the blog.  Find that post HERE.**

If you’re a bible reader you likely have heared the verse, “To everything there is a time an season.”  Well this is my quilting season.  Hubby is gone so much of the time.  He leaves at 5am and is home about 9:30pm.  There’s not much time for me to see him.  So what do I do?  QUILT.

I was busy…I finished up my Pineapple Crazy quilt.  Find that post here if you missed it.

I am so happy to have the quilt finished.  It’s been WAITING and WAITING to be finished.

That leaves me with only one more quilt to finish from Bonnie Hunter’s String Fling book..and that’s Tulip Fields.  Then they will all have been made.  Someone asked me to do a blog post about all the quilts.  I will once I’m finished.

I did quite a bit on Tulip Fields over the last week.  I have lots sewn.  I need some ironing time now.

I started in on a few string blocks even.  I think this will go together nicely.  I can’t wait to have it finished.

I’ve also been squeezing in time here and there to work on the Double Wedding Ring quilt.  I had told you I needed to go back and make more “blocks” before I could sew anymore rows together.  I have a stack of melons completed but was to lazy to go upstairs and take a picture of it.  Instead you are getting the picture of the melons I’ve yet to complete.

They have a good start though and I’m happy about that.

Our friend Carla stopped by this week.  She brought a quilt top that we had sent to her for quilting.  We’re hoping to submit it and have it published but we’ll see.  We never really know what they want and what they don’t.

Want to see a sneak peek of the quilt??  Here it is…. …

String Challenge

My weekend was filled with and auction, quilt show, and then processing the things we got at the auction.  I didn’t have sewing time.  OH NO!!  Aw…it’s okay.  There will be time for that.

I did finish Daylilies and showed it off on Friday.  That’s one more string quilt DONE!!  I am incredibly happy to have it done!!  If you missed that post, catch it here.  Thanks to all of you who commented with such kind words about the quilt.

So now I more on to another quilt from the book.  I have two left.

Pineapple Crazy, which is a top….I found a backing for it!  I had picked something before but hated it.  Yahoo.  This is MUCH better.  Now to piece it together and get it quilted.

The other quilt left is Tulip Fields.  I got that out and have it set up on my 15-91.  I don’t have the string piecing done on it, or even started, so it will be a mess.  It always is with string quilts.  I did make a change in plans.   Originally I thought I was going to do the quilt all batiks…but I’m kind of ready to do something different.  The last several quilts I did were batiks so time to change it up.  I am doing fall colors.  My point of the tulips are a batik (red toned) and my sashing is a yellow/orange batik (more golden)…I thought fall colors with that might be fun.

I’ve been working on trying to make a bit more of a “focused” scrap quilt.  To often I throw every single color in and aren’t as selective as I sometimes want to be…so very few blues on this one.  This is a shocker.  I always try to squeeze in blue…AND RED!!  I haven’t pulled scraps yet so I started working on step “C”…(who says the first step should be first??)

In other sewing news…I looked at the calendar.  We have a wedding in November.  Well two actually.  One is family but I hardly know them so, I broke with tradition and decided that I’m done making quilts for everyone in the family.  If I don’t really know the couple and the invitation only came from obligation, then I’m not making a quilt.  I did send a gift as we won’t make the wedding.  With the rain we’ve had Hubby still has only barely started harvest.  It’s troublesome.

The other wedding is a neighbor wedding.  We know the bride and groom and the parents and like them all LOTS.  The bride is a sister to one of my childcare families…the groom is on the fire department with Hubby.  This one, I am making a quilt for.  I did a long debate on what quilt to make…I tried to think of something they might like.  Then I remembered that I have Bricks in the Barnyard as a finished top.

I finished it at retreat in August.  The bride is a dairy farmer…I think it would make a great wedding quilt so, (sigh of relief), all I have to do is quilt it.  That’s do-able for a Thanksgiving weekend wedding.  Easily do-able.

So this week another quilt was checked off the list…and a backing found for the other and the other was pulled out.  That’s good I think!!  I’m counting it as a WIN week of work.

I’m hoping to have some progress next week. Life has been pretty busy so we’ll see.

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